Introduction: Improvements in glycemic outcomes have stalled since 20in some international surveys. We examined the latest trends in drug use and glycemic outcomes following recent introduction of newer classes of glucose lowering drugs (GLDs) in a territory-wide analysis.

Methods: Using data from the Hong Kong Diabetes Surveillance Database, we estimated age-specific trends in the proportion of patients reaching different glycemic targets, and rates of severe hypoglycemia (SH) in 963,612 patients between 2002-2019. We assessed patterns of GLDs use by age, sex, presence of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) .

Results: HbA1c improved most markedly between 2007-2014 but plateaued since 2014, with 53.1% patients achieving HbA1c <7% in 2019. The 20-44 age group had the highest proportion with HbA1c ≥9% (22.1% in 2002 and 16.8% in 2019) compared with the ≥75 age-group (14.9% in 2002 and 5.5% in 2019) . SH rates declined between 2002-20 and further in 2010-2014. Between 2002-2019, metformin use increased steadily from 41.1% to 58.7%, sulfonylurea use decreased from 52.2% to 31.1% while insulin use remained static. Use of dipeptidyl-peptidase 4 inhibitors (DPP4i) experienced rapid growth between 2007-20equally in all age groups, with a slower rise between 2011-2019. DPP4i remains the most widely prescribed newer oral GLDs (14.3%) compared with sodium glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT2is) (4.2%) and glucagon like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP1-RAs) (0.6%) in 2019. Compared with over 75s, higher proportions of the 20-44 age-group were treated with SGLT2is (6.4% versus 1.7%) and GLP-1RAs (1.5% versus 0.1%) and thiazolidinediones (8.1% versus 3.4%) in 2019, irrespective of ASCVD status.

Conclusions: Following rapid improvement in 2007-2014, glycemic control and SH rates had plateaued despite the increasing use of SGLT2is and GLP-1RA in Hong Kong.


A.Yang: None. J.C.Chan: Board Member; Asia Diabetes Foundation, Consultant; Bayer AG, Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH, Celltrion, Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Roche Diabetes Care, Viatris Inc., Research Support; Applied Therapeutics, AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly and Company, Hua Medicine, Servier Laboratories, Stock/Shareholder; GemVCare Ltd. E.Chow: Research Support; Hua Medicine, Medtronic, Powder Pharmaceuticals Inc., Speaker's Bureau; Novartis AG, Sanofi. H.Wu: None. E.S.H.Lau: None. X.Zhang: None. M.Shi: None. B.Fan: None. A.P.Kong: Advisory Panel; Abbott, Kyowa Kirin Co., Ltd., Other Relationship; AstraZeneca, Novo Nordisk, Research Support; Boehringer Ingelheim, Speaker's Bureau; AstraZeneca, Bayer, Eli Lilly and Company, Sanofi, Stock/Shareholder; Aptorum Group Limited. A.Luk: None. R.C.Ma: Other Relationship; Bayer AG, Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH, Research Support; AstraZeneca, Bayer AG, Novo Nordisk A/S, Pfizer Inc., Tricida, Inc.

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